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Moshe Gershuni

Untitled
diptych; Etching, soft wax and electric pencil
1992
Height 99 cm, width 63 cm
Edition: 12

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Moshe Gershuni (1936-2017), was an Israeli painter and sculptor. In his works, particularly in his paintings from the 1980s, he expressed a position different from the norm, commemorating The Holocaust in Israeli art. In addition, he created in his works a connection between bereavement and homoerotic sexuality. He was awarded the Israel Prize for Painting for his work in 2003, but in the end it was revoked.

Gershuni’s nomination to represent Israel in the 1980 Venice Biennale invoked a complete transformation in his work. Tasked to serve as an intermediary between Europe and Israel, he started incorporating themes of “Jewishness” and trauma into his paintings, breaking taboos of Israeli art at the time.

In 2014, to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, the Neue National Galerie in Berlin opened a career- spanning survey titled “No Father, No Mother”. The exhibition, co-curated by the National Galerie director Udo Kittelmann and Israeli curator Ory Dessau, would turn out to be his last.

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